Dr. Cesar N Caviedes
El Niño Projects
In the last fifteen years my research has progressed from inquiring into El Niño traces in climatic and hydrological time series to the unearthing of references to catastrophic El Niño events contained in historical documents or deduced from proxy data.
Christa Mock Project
In his book "El asesinato de una sombra" (The Murder of a Shadow), Caviedes studies the story of the German teacher Christa Mock, who in 1963 was raped and strangled on a solitary beach in Chile. The heinous crime caused great outrage in Chile and Germany and fostered vindications from the various agencies that had sponsored her trip to Chile. Enter into this a manipulative German ambassador and the lurid interests of tabloids– and the stage is set for the development of an intriguing drama that counterpoises longings against reality.For More Info (in English y Español)
Very gratifying have been the winter semester of 2005-06 spent as an invited professor at the University of Heidelberg and the summer semester of 2006, also as invited professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Both stays gave me the opportunity to appreciate the ways in which the status of Geography has changed in the country where our specialty had its birthplace as a scientific discipline.
Anxiety about the future of Geography as a formative discipline in high schools and universities has replaced the conviction that Geography would always be an integral part of the curricula of the middle and higher levels of education. Departments of Geography have been closed down for budgetary reasons or obsolescence in the thematic contents, and traditional geography courses are being replaced by ecology-oriented courses. Publishing houses which specialized in the discipline have closed down and respected geographical journals have been substituted by a host of magazines published in English.
A lively debate has been ignited as to
the reasons of this decline. Some analysts blame it on a damaging split
between human and physical geography that led to the abandonment of the
regional paradigm. In fact today in
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the Fall of 2005 a class on the Geography of North America was given at
Center for American Studies of the
In the summer of 2002 two
courses were taught at the Institute of Geography